In a bit of a strange night at Kilgore High School’s gymnasium last Friday, both varsity games went to the visitors – who each won by scoring 52 points.
Henderson was able to take both District 16-4A games from Kilgore, a blow to both KHS teams that will force them to try and recover in coming days.
Henderson’s Jerkasia Anthony hit the game-winner to beat the Lady Bulldogs, 52-50, in overtime, and then the Lions got 52, as well, to hold off the Bulldogs, 52-45, in the boys varsity game.
Kilgore’s Lady Bulldogs are 3-5 in 16-4A play; the ‘Dogs are 4-2, and a full game behind Henderson in the standings (Henderson is 5-1). Both teams were to play at Gilmer on Tuesday night, after the print deadline for this edition of the Kilgore News Herald, and both will be back at home Friday to host Spring Hill, starting with subvarsity games at 5.
Kilgore and Henderson’s boys have a rematch Feb. 18 in Henderson; for the girls, that was the rematch. Henderson was able to win both. The girls’ regular season ends a little earlier than the boys: Kilgore’s girls have five games left in the regular season, which ends Feb. 11, at Bullard.
The top four teams in district play in both girls and boys divisions make the UIL Class 4A playoffs.
Coach Trushundra McGill’s Lady Bulldogs played well throughout the game, just letting Henderson stay in it late. Miah Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds for KHS. Alexis “A.T.” Anderson had 10 points, 12 rebounds and blocked two shots, and Jada Abercrombie had 12 points and also hit double-digits in rebounds, with 13.
Anthony had 18 for Henderson, to lead all scorers.
For coach Jeff Coleman’s Bulldogs, who had won six of their last seven prior to Friday’s loss, Jake Thompson had 14 points and C.J. Ingram had 13. Rowdy Rieke had 12. Caleb Medford led Henderson with 13 points, and Bryson Collins had 12 for the Lions.
Sabine / West Rusk: Coach Sara Cantrell’s Lady Cardinals got back on track after losing a pair of District 16-3A games for a big home win over West Rusk on Friday night, 63-35, a game matching a pair of schools in the News Herald’s coverage area.
Sabine got 19 points from Blaire Kaufman, and Mikinzi Cantrell scored 16 in the win, Sabine’s seventh of the district schedule (7-2). Hailey Davis added 10, Mallory Furrh had eight, Mercedes Willis had six, Halyn McKenzie and Ally Gresham, two each, and Aubree McCann, one.
In the boys game, it was also Sabine coming out on top, 56-48, in a district that has gone back and forth. Sabine got 19 points and five rebounds from A.J. Gresham in the win, and Savoy Goodwyn had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sabine came back from a first half that saw the Cardinals net just 15 points.
David Robinson and Bre’den Ford each had nine points for coach Colby Carr’s Cardinals.
West Rusk was led by Talon Winings, who has hit for 34 and 33 points, respectively, in the last couple of weeks – Winings had 22 at Sabine Friday night, including an 8-for-9 performance at the free throw line. Jimmie Harper, just a freshman, had 12, and Gavin Smith had 10. D.K. Anthony and Jaxon Farquhar each had two.
Smith and Winings each had six rebounds; Farquhar, also a freshman, had four, as did Anthony. Farquhar had three blocked shots, Harper had one.
The boys will have a rematch of the game on Feb. 18, the regular season finale for both schools. Sabine is 4-3 in district play; the Raiders, coached by Chad Hlavaty, are 3-4.
Both Sabine teams were to play at Arp on Tuesday, and both will host Troup on Friday, starting at 5 with JV.
West Rusk basketball was to host White Oak on Tuesday night, and will play at Harmony on Friday, tipping off at 5.